NORFOLK, VA. (November 21, 2023) – Nine (9) Bulldogs were named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-MEAC Football teams, today highlighting the conference football programs’ hard work and talented players.

All awards and honors were voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

The conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year recipients will be announced during the National Football Hall of Fame as a part of the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

South Carolina State freshman running back Jawarn Howell was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year.

Howell leads the MEAC in rushing with 808 yards (80.9 ypg) on 102 carries, and 7 TDs. He also recorded ten receptions for 149 yards, 2 TDs in nine games. He was named the FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week following a 283-yard rushing performance on 27 carries and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ win over Howard. In addition to the national honors, Howell earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors for four straight weeks.

Other Bulldogs earning honors were tight end Keshawn Toney, offensive lineman Nick Taiste, defensive lineman Patrick Godbolt and Howell were all selected to the All-MEAC First team.

Wide Receiver Justin Brown-Smith, offensive linemen Eric Brown, Jr. and Cam Johnson, defensive lineman Naejuan Barber and linebacker Aaron Smith were named to the All-MEAC Second team respectively.

2023 All-MEAC Football Postseason Awards
Coach of the Year – Trei Oliver, North Carolina Central
Offensive Lineman of the Year – Torricelli Simpkins III, North Carolina Central
Rookie of the Year – Jawarn Howell, South Carolina State


First Team Offense
QBDavius RichardSr.North Carolina CentralBelle Glade, Fla.
RBLatrell CollierR-Sr.North Carolina CentralBluefield, W.Va.
RBJawarn HowellFr.South Carolina StateMooresville, N.C.
WRKasey HawthroneSr.HowardSebring, Fla.
WRDevin SmithJr.North Carolina CentralDurham, N.C.
TEKeshawn ToneyGr.South Carolina StateWilliston, S.C.
CTorricelli Simpkins IIIJr.North Carolina CentralCharlotte, N.C.
OLAnim DankwahGr.HowardOntario, Canada
OLNick TaisteR-Jr.South Carolina StateWest Columbia, S.C.
OLDa’Quan ThomasR-Jr.North Carolina CentralWest Palm Beach, Fla.
OLDa’Metrius WeatherspoonR-So.HowardClairton, Penn.


First Team Defense
DLDarrian BrokenburrGr.HowardManassas, Va.
DLJaden TaylorR-Jr.North Carolina CentralDurham, N.C.
DLElijah WilliamsJr.Morgan StateJersey City, N.J.
DLPatrick GodboltGr.South Carolina StateBlythewood, S.C.
LBErick HunterJr.Morgan StateCapitol Heights, Md.
LBTerrance HollonJr.HowardCleveland, Ohio
LBJayden FlakerSo.North Carolina CentralScarborough, Maine
DBKenny Gallop, Jr.Sr.HowardPortsmouth, Va.
DBJordan TolesSr.Morgan StateBaltimore, Md.
DBJason ChambersSo.North Carolina CentralCharlotte, N.C.
DBJae’Veyon MortonGr.Morgan StateDetroit, Mich.
PAaron BickertonSo.HowardStoke-on-Trent, England
PKAdrian OlivoSr.North Carolina CentralPlant City, Fla.
RSBrandon CodringtonSr.North Carolina CentralRaleigh, N.C.


Second Team Offense
QBQuinton WilliamsSr.HowardUpper Marlboro, Md.
RBEden JamesSo.HowardPort St. Lucie, Fla.
RBJarett Hunter *Sr.HowardMineral, Va.
RBMarquis Gillis *R-So.Delaware StateMIlford, Del.
WRAndre PeguesGr.Norfolk StateRaeford, N.C.
WRJustin Smith-BrownR-Jr.South Carolina StateCoco, Fla.
TEEdward CoreJr.Delaware StateWaldorf, Md.
CEric Brown, Jr.Jr.South Carolina StateHartsville, S.C.
OLDarius FoxJr.HowardWashington, D.C.
OLCam JohnsonR-Jr.South Carolina StateIrmo, S.C.
OLTrevon HumphreyR-Fr.North Carolina CentralGreensboro, N.C.
OLTreyvon BranchJr.Morgan StateWhite Plains, Md.
* Indicates a tie


Second Team Defense
DLTrey MiddletonR-Jr.North Carolina CentralMarietta, Ga.
DLNaejuan BarberR-So.South Carolina StateHopkins, S.C.
DLJamel StewartJr.HowardRichmond, Va.
DLKeshawn LynchR-So.Norfolk StateNewport News, Va.
LBAaron SmithR-Jr.South Carolina StateManning, S.C.
LBLawrence RichardsonSr.Morgan StatePhiladelphia, Penn.
LBDaylan Long *R-So.Norfolk StateCincinnati, Ohio
LBAJ Richardson *Fr.Norfolk StateKings Mountain, N.C.
DBKole JonesJr.North Carolina CentralChesapeake, Va.
DBDevon AllenJr.Norfolk StateVirginia Beach, Va.
DBCaron HintonSr.HowardDetroit, Mich.
DBR.J. ColesR-Jr.Norfolk StateRichmond, Va.
PJonathan Cardoza-ChicasSr.Delaware StateRahway, N.J.
PKAaron BickertonSo.HowardStoke-on-Trent, England
RSKeith Jenkins Jr. *So.Morgan StateGainesville, Va.
RSIan Wheeler *Gr.HowardHouston, Texas
* Indicates a tie